Besides my passion for fashion and clothing, my other big love is interior design. Maybe it’s not so obvious because the most posts are about fashion, trend and styles, but believe me I love it and I think I have eyes for it too. 🙂
Moving out, moving in
I haven’t started it yesterday. So far we moved a lot (and have a feeling this is not the end of it), first from dormitory to dormitory, then from dormitory to flat and after that from flat to flat. This may sound weird but I like moving (after some well needed time of course). It’s the best opportunity to declutter my/our life, deciding what’s important around us and what’s not. Also furnishing a new space is one of the best creative challenges (besides styling a new piece of clothing :)).
Our moving from Hungary to Ireland and from Ireland to England.
As years passed, we got a pretty clear picture what we want in a home and when it comes to find a new one it’s much easier then ever. The flat must be on a higher floor in order to get more light. It doesn’t have to be too big, 1 bedroom is fine for now for two of us. But it must have an open space kitchen, spacious living room with big but well insulated windows and plain white walls with neutral floor, windows and doors. A bigger balcony is also a big plus too. These are the most important details, of course there are much more but it’s enough for now. 🙂
Our Style – from Pure Minimal to Midcentury Modern
A few years back I had this Scandinavian minimalist fever all over our flat and everything had to be black and white, mainly from IKEA. Although things haven’t changed that much, when we moved here to London and it was time to furnish our apartment, I wasn’t so obliged to this pure minimalism anymore.
Our place back in Budapest with mostly black, white and neutrals.
Probably it started with fresh inspirational pictures from everywhere which had more colors, more textures and more prints. It just crawled into my mind, so smoothly so quietly that I didn’t even notice it for a while.
But something never changes. I still love big, airy spaces, clean lines and simple everything. So when it comes to furnish and style new empty spaces, everything I need is plain white walls and natural, neutral colored floors, doors and windows. Big windows for a lot of natural light. Like a big empty canvas what I can fill with life later on. With things where I’m gonna live for a while, getting new experiences and new inspirations.
When we arrived in our new flat with only one suitcase and two travel bags.
Filling that canvas out
So we had the pretty perfect canvas and some money to splurge on the most important pieces of furniture. We talked trough before that we won’t buy everything once. Not just because of the money but because we wanted to give some time to feel the place and see how it will turn out with the bigger elements.
I was sitting in front of the IKEA website for hours and days to pick up the things. I made a big list and we talked trough what can stay (what we both like, and what would fit in both the room and i the budget) and what had to go. Luckily we have similar taste, but it was clear that the decoration is my work to do. When we had our first list we went to IKEA to look everything (what we could) in person and also buy some smaller things what we’ll need in the beginning (for example a set of tools to puzzle the furniture :)).
The very first round and then the puzzling. 🙂
What we got first was the sofa, stool and some pillows, a TV stand, a desk and office chair, a bigger carpet, some lamps, a bar table, 2 more chairs to it and a bin. The bed and wardrobe (and the curtains in the bedroom) were already here.
When we got Mushu and the rest of our stuff a few days later everything was all set and just smaller things were missing. Oh, this is a bit off topic, so if you have a cat (or interested in having one) read it, if not, feel free to skip this remaining section. So if you’re moving with a cat, I really recommend to buy a Feliway diffuser and aerosol. Mushu handled the moving really bad (he came with a truck for days :() and some days after we bought the diffuser he started being much better. Next time I won’t move without these for sure. It’s worth for everybody, believe me.
When he started to occupy everything in the flat. 🙂
The bigger elements
But back to the furnishing. I think the best way to start it is to buy some bigger furniture from the neutral side. We also knew that we cannot buy darker ones because Mushu’s fur is everywhere and it’s easier to handle a lighter colored one. We chose this light grey sofa with matching stool which has the perfect basic to cheer up with some real color.
When it comes to furniture my favorites are the light natural colored ones (because of the dust :)) but because of the living room was too light, I wanted a darker furniture too. But it was also obvious that it can’t be black. That’s why we chose this dark brown TV stand. The carpet and the pillows were love at first sight. They look really cool and add an instant cool vibe to the otherwise neutral living room.
It wasn’t done yet but it already had its basic function what we needed.
The desk, because it was meant to be my husband’s workplace, was his decision. My only clause was that it can’t be black. Also he wanted a bigger, simple one which narrowed down the possibilities to a simple white one. The office chair had to be comfy and grey.
The kitchen cupboard was already black and white and it’s really nice. Maybe if I could choose I would pick a wooden colored counter top (and some kinda stone sink with manageable tap, duh) which we had in Budapest, but this black one is fine too. We also used to have that smaller bar table which isn’t just great to eat or do other things on it but it’s a perfect space divider. We loved it so much that we wanted something similar. For our luck, IKEA had this white one which is the perfect size for us.
The bar chairs first were similar too what we had before but we screwed a bit up and bought too short ones, so eventually had to returned those and exchange them to these wooden ones which are not foldable but they’re made from real wood and can be totally pushed under the table. For saving some money, the first time we bought just two of them.
I think this picture was taken after the second IKEA round because we had to swap the chairs and we had already this beautiful yukka palm too. 🙂
The smaller things
We were close but not done. But after these two bigger rounds, everything else came slowly, one by one. We definitely needed some more plants, some more decorations and some other tools too but nothing so important we couldn’t live without.
As you can see we preserved the minimal base because I think it’s the best things to do when it comes to furnishing an apartment. They will serve us for a long time as they just can’t go out of trend and they are the perfect base to build anything on. And of course because our aesthetic is like this. Simple, airy and clean.
Finishing touches or spicing things up
But this time it needed something more, something extra, some change. This change doesn’t have to be big just some accessories here and there which also can be exchanged if we want something different. The whole mood of the room can be changed with the right accessories and deco pieces.
Because we already had that badass carpet, the main direction was settled. As you can see it has dirty mustard, dark taupe, grey colors and geometric prints. By alone it’s not too much but just enough for to determine the color scene. Which was some more dirty yellow.
All the neutrals are now spiced up with some geometric prints and dirty yellow tones.
We bought the picture of Klimt’s The Kiss (once again by IKEA) which I love. I love Art Nouveau, it’s one of my favorite styles, and what’s the exact same thing like my obsession over Alessandro Michele’s Gucci. It’s not so me but it’s a needed beautiful thing in my and eventually in our life. A bit of beauty and happiness on damp and dark winter days and well, on summer too.
I also couldn’t resist when I saw these pillows in Sainsbury’s. They have the right color and a nice velvety material which add even more to the effect. Since then, I’ve bought some other (mostly discounted) smaller yellow things too and if I see more, I think I’ll buy those too. Because making a home is like painting a picture it’s never really done. And of course because none of these things are expensive but they all add to the feeling what we need right now, a feeling that we’re home.
I hope you enjoyed this not so short post about my recent home furnishing and decorating experience. I definitely did.
Have a great long weekend!